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    October 29, 2012
    11:00 - 11:35pm EDT  

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. >> it will remain closed until safe for travel and inspections. >> and they want you, if you are out on the road, to go 45 miles per hour on the highway. and the mayor said if you don't have to be out on the roads, as the governor reiterated, don't go on the roads. >> mike mass -- masco is out with the chief. >> we are tag teaming all night. we'll be here for updates as we go 11:30 to 12:30 live to new york. we'll be here until 12:30 1:00 and start up on good morning,
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maryland. we have heavy rain wrapping around, i got a message on facebook that is weather is calm in elkton. that doesn't surprise me. we're zooming in. hold on a second. bear with me, i'll see if i can get it to come out. bottom line is this. center circulation here, this is the center. eye. so we have a calm area. there is some rain here in elkton. the bigger winds are toward western maryland, we have stranded 18 wheelers on 68 with heavy blizzard conditions. there is heavy rain that will lift north. we have a ton of rain to deal with. here is the broader circulation. the center is just about over. cecil and newark, look at the winds, they will continue to shift directions and again
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sandy is still cranking. remember, we talked about agnes, isolated spots are 12? we have the rain still coming down. we had 10 and a half in germantown. when you have two reports of over ten inches that makes you feel there is definitely isolated areas that gotten inches of rain. why are we focused on rain this much in a day? we'll see runoff, flooding, and the rivers will hit levels we've not seen since '72. we were spared the biggest surge that moved north of us, like we hoped would happen. we are in the heaviest rain of the storm that will create tremendous flooding concerns, even for the susquehanna. you can see the winds, huge
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gusts. the directions are changing. we were spared bay flooding because we had the blowout effect of the north-northwest winds. now the wind is turning southwest as sandy pushes north over the center of the state. the wraparound wind will allow the next set of high tide to have a bigger impact. sandy is going to sit here and meander around tomorrow. weakening slowly, but give you more rain, wind, and prevent much if any repair work to be done by power crews that are waiting in the wings, they will have the chance but it will not come until probably halloween. there will be tropical storm force winds until thursday. this high tide in the morning becomes more concerning as we lose the north wind that it was hoping to push the water out of the bay and a southwest wind will be bad for the eastern shore. one last look at the graphics. this is 18 hours. you can see what happened as
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sandy hit the warm water. it got whipped in the jet stream and pulled into maryland, new jersey, and pennsylvania. we'll be dealing with this storm 24 to 36 hours at minimum. >> we want you to know that the highway administration is doing their best to keep everything open. >> good, thank you. >> thank you. heavy rains in the bay area. let's go to the falls. it is still falling isn't it? >> reporter: the rain is certainly not stopped here. we are seeing less intensity than we saw before. the rainfall is picking up. i'll step out of the way so you can take a look. at this point we are at meadow mills south of 41st street in hamden. the river is over the banks at
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meadow mill. the officers here are accustomed to this. this is one of the trouble spots in the city as far as flooding goes. this water is just extremely powerful and is washing all kinds of debris down through the streets and building up on the other side of the bridge, which is blocked off. you see the entrance to meadow mill blocked off throughout the night as we drove through the city we saw different streets blocked off. smith avenue further up on the jones, up by whole foods, has been closed off as well. they are trying to have an abundance of caution here in the city in some of the problem areas. they don't want you to try to cross them. they are trying to be as cautious as possible. that's why they put the restriction in place, so people who are not emergency personnel should not be on the road. we'll continue to watch the jones vault and all over the area. for now, in baltimore, back to
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you. >> thank you, josie. and connor is spending the night on kent island. they have problems from the wind there. >> so many problems that first responders are having problems getting on the road. >> reporter: we want to bring you an update from kent island, we are seeing the worst of it right now. wind speeds are recorded at 80 miles per hour over the bay bridge. the bridge is shut down now for several hours. the conditions have certainly worsened throughout the day. one big point update is all emergency operations here in queen ann's county are suspended. unless it is a dire situation the firefighters will not go out there. that is another reason to stay put and do not think about going out in the storm overnight. certainly, really treacherous situation, you can see the wind and pan down to the road and
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see the rain whipping across the road and up to the light. it is probably the worst we've seen it all day and it will continue to get bad. we'll keep you posted from kent island as we go throughout the night. >> wow. that is the worst we've seen all night. we'll take a break and come back. >> we'll be right back. teacher: this is west virginia, pennsylvania, delaware.
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and this is maryland. every year marylanders spend five hundred and fifty million gaming at casinos in these other states. question seven will build a new casino and bring table games to baltimore... generating hundreds of millions for schools. and that money has to go to education. it's the law. so vote for question seven. so we can stop spending all that money here, and keep maryland money in classrooms like mine. . >> let's get you up-to-date. wind gusts still high tonight. we still see the potential for continued power nes coming down through the overnight. intense winds for a few hours towards day break. the overall set up is for more rain through mid morning. as we go into tomorrow we get more showers wrapping around the system. finally, we begin to see some clearing into the day tomorrow. tomorrow we will still see some
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decent downpours and have a lot of rain coming in tonight. rain will push a foot in a lot part of the state, overnight 40, power house winds, and rain from the cyclone that is churning. tomorrow, storm force winds and 48 degrees. a cold day. here we go. i have officially tweaked tomorrow night's forecast. we have light snow as far in as frederick. the colder air will come in more tomorrow. late snow showers tomorrow is not out of the question. we have to put it in there. we have to go with what the numbers show. and again, conditions will not improve greatly until we begin to see some slight improvement through the day, still gusty and rainy and wednesday some improvement, and still gale force winds. back to jamie and kelly.
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story -- sorry about that. i had to do it. >> this is ridiculous. >> somebody is tweeting that w abc lost power to their studio in new york and the anchors are broadcasting audio. >> those are bro's. they can handle it. -- those are pros. they can handle it. >> we seem to have survived mostly intact. revolution street is still clear of debris as far as i was able to walk and the rain is pretty significant but no apparent flooding as of yet. >> that is good news. >> we are not getting water, but the winds are of course picking up. jeff hager is out in the elements. i joined him one occasion. it looks like it is heavier now, jeff. >> reporter: kelly, in the last 15 minutes or so, sandy sort of
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showing her mixed bag of trainings here. as you look at the leaves now, it looks like it is misting. intermittently in the last few minutes we've seen some of the rain driving side to side and gusts probably up to around 30, 35. not to overstate it. nothing like the 65 or 70 they might be calling for in the northern counties of maryland. most of the people are off the road. probably a good thing. hunker down for the night. in the morning, the width and extent of the storm and how it will continue, how we have the back half of it to come with all kinds of peculiar tees, you know how it is going to behave. do not go out. the gusts can make it dangerous for you on the roads. that's it for here, back to you. >> thank you, jeff. let's check out roosevelt. she is all over harper counties
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checking out the conditions for this evening and this afternoon. we'll see what she has to say about what is going on there. >> reporter: it has been a day of firsts in the state of maryland as hurricane sandy continues to pound the state. it is causing a lot of problems because of high wind and water. part of the problem is the wind here. this is the bridge over route 40 over the susquehanna river. it is closed because of high winds, officials were afraid that trucks could be knocked off the bridge because it is so strong. the road is closed north of aberdeen. people are staying off the road but we've seen trucks trying to come this way but the road is closed. the high winds and the water have caused a lot of problems. look at the video we shot earlier. you can see right here this is
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route 7 near route 136, philadelphia road. flooding, a small creek that normally stays in its bthe bank high water on the road and resulting in the closure of a well-traveled stretch of route 7. on route 40 in the southbound lane, a large free fell. that blocked the road a couple hours. and also harper county crews cut the tree away so they could reopen route 40. there has been a large swath of aberdeen along route 40 and route 7 that has been without power several hours as trees have knocked down power lines. it has been a tremendous mess up here as the water continues to go. the only good thing out of this, if there is such a good thing is that people have heeded the warnings and stayed
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off the road and the hunkering down. >> thank you for the report. we'll monitor the outages all night. initially, it was baltimore county. now anne arundel county has 48, almost 49,000 outages. baltimore county, 51,000. harper county, 48,000. so 198,000 outages. that is just bge. that is just the immediate area. >> wait until midnight. >> let's take a break here and we will be right back. mayor: casino owners in west virginia are spending
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millions against question seven. that upsets me. and that upsets jonathan ogden. you don't want to upset jonathan ogden. ogden: no you don't. mayor: question seven means thousands of jobs and millions for our schools. but these west virginia casinos want to keep it all for themselves. we're not happy about that. ogden: no we aren't. mayor: so join us and vote for question seven. and west virginia, don't make me send jonathan ogden over there. mayor: vote for question seven. ogden: for baltimore.
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. >> what did you say about baltimore city fire department tweeting that out. >> they tweeted out, for those of you without power, do not use generators indoors. i hope people get the message. >> let's go to brian kuebler, honing out with the officials there. >> reporter: it has been a long day at nema. it will not be the end of the day, there are overnight hours we have to take care of. we are talk to this official from nema. >> evacuations are still going on, law enforcement is still responding to events, we'll be here all night. there are a few less people, but still crowded. most every position in the e. o. c. is field. different people are doing the same thing day shift was doing,
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monitoring things, getting ready to get rescues and dealing with trailer tractor accidents on 68 in the blizzard. >> you have blizzards in the western part of the state and flood warnings in the eastern part. >> yes, america's weather in miniature, as the governor said. >> throughout the evening, you're monitoring, what is the number one threat? >> flooding issues and power outages and the ramifications. there are some nursing homes on generator power. so we want to make sure the generators are operating properly and we want to keep the essential functions working. >> reporter: thank you for your time. again, one of the main issues there will be power poutages. there are 350,000 state-wide. there is a map behind here that gives you percentages of each county of people without power,
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hartford county has 50% without power, anne arundel county, 20% of the residents, it will be a long night, tomorrow they will not be able to get in the bucket trucks and get up in the winds that are going to be around all day tomorrow, so it will be a couple days before the folks can get power and again that is the main concern, as this storm pivots and moves west and brings the southerly winds that are going to be just as powerful. the storm surge you have to worry about as well. jamie, back to you. >> do you hear any like people going "oh, no," at their desk? anybody surprised with what is happening out there the last couple hours, brian? >> reporter: no. honestly, everyone has been thoroughly prepared for what is going on. we saw a couple officials getting together to take care of that evacuation they had in crisfield, but other than that,
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everything has been smooth here. the governor was on time for his press conference, this is a measured approach to what was a pretty powerful storm. >> sounds like you have done a good job, thank you for the live report. we'll check in with mike masco to see what is going on. >> i keep hearing crisfield going on. we had 86 mile per hour wind gusts there. a lot of wind over the state. look at what is going on. here is sandy, i want to draw your attention to right here. this is where the center is coming in at the present moment. see the bands starting to set up, just towards the east of ocean city? i think that band that pivots right into the state and city limits during the course of the evening and it will bring another band of very gusty winds across the area. we're not done with the system.
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we had a bit of a lull. that is in response to the center of what once was hurricane sandy moving across the mason dixon dine. we are starting to see the radar fill back in. toward the west tremendous rain, south and west of town, that is where there is close to ten inches of rain, i'll show you that map in the weather bug system. out to the west, notice what is going on, towards west virginia. deep creek, the cold air is wrapping in behind the system and it is dragging in older air into the back side. it is mild to the north of the system and with the massive storm surge near new york and that is producing blizzard-like conditions to the west, impressive storm that continues to now fill back in. i do think that will continue to see some flooding rains coming in the picture.
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here is the radar shot, 11:22. notice the bands starting to set back up. elkton, cecil county, you see another recharge of the band of showers moving through, steady showers and gusty winds. draw your attention just towards the east, this is another band that has to swing through here during the course of the overnight. that could drop in some tropical storms and hurricane force winds. a good amount of rain in the present hour. eastern, here is the new band that is pivoting in from easton to dover. it will be in baltimore over the next 25 to 30 minutes. just be aware of that through the course of the evening. here are some of the impressive rain totals. germantown closing in on a foot of rain, that is an impressive stat. over eight inches in columbia, owings mill, five and a half
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inches, and seven and four- tenths, and an additional one to two inches of rain will fall before we are done, grand totals will range between 8 to 10, maybe over a foot before we are said and done with this system. in terms of temperatures, we mentioned the cold air is wrapping into charleston, 35 degrees in comparison to 48 in ocean city at the present hour. 27-foot waves offshore, closing in on 30 off the jersey shore. 59 mile per hour wind gusts in new york city. look at the gusts towards cleveland and ohio, closing in on 60 miles per hour gusts right now. flood warning in effect for all the roadways. coastal flood warnings will stay in effect. the high tide will come in tomorrow, middle river, we're talking about you, annapolis, before 6:00 in the morning, you
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will have a high tide and they will run two to three feet above average. back to you. >> all right. mike i think we'll take a short break and be right back.
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. >> well, let's head back over to jones falls and check in with josie. that's an area you want to stay away from. >> reporter: jim and killie, the water here on the jones falls continues to rise. two hours ago it started to crest. here it is well over the banks and over into the parking lot
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here and flooding is going to continue to become a problem. they have been preparing for that. i want to give you an update, baltimore police just sent out this update about five minutes ago saying 83 north on the westbound, the northern parkway ramp is flooded and closed until further notice. so they are getting the word out about that. lots of people are very interested in the flooding, about a half hour ago two gentlemen came down and across the bridge here and did something we would not add advise. they wanted to take pictures so they waded in the water. police and emergency responders will tell you that is a really bad idea. if you get stuck they will have to come after you. the mayor said earlier that you have to take care of yourselves, they have to focus on the greater needs and don't want to have to worry about you. keep that in mind. back to you. >> thank you. stay away from that area. very dangerous area. >> all right, let's take a look
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at weather again. >> amazing to see that area. we see that with these types of storms every time. huge rain coming down. last check of the radar here. big rotating storm, you can see the size and scope of this. we have big snow to the west, rain across south central maryland and already big rain totals. here are some of them. eleven inches in germantown. columbia, nine inches. the rain will squeeze out through theover night. a couple additional inches are possible with the system. still more wind and rain tonight. as you go into tomorrow, a cold kind of day. more than blustery. you saw a tropical force wind gusts, 30 to 40. with the daytime, winds will pick up from what they will be tomorrow evening. >> i had to throw it in there. this may be trending on
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twitter. we have the chance for snow showers in here as this blows out tomorrow. wednesday a chance for the power crews to get that. >> coach mike, very windy in westminster right now. >> we'll be right back. mayor: casino owners in west virginia are spending
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millions against question seven. that upsets me. and that upsets jonathan ogden. you don't want to upset jonathan ogden. ogden: no you don't. mayor: question seven means thousands of jobs and millions for our schools. but these west virginia casinos want to keep it all for themselves. we're not happy about that. ogden: no we aren't. mayor: so join us and vote for question seven. and west virginia, don't make me send jonathan ogden over there. mayor: vote for question seven. ogden: for baltimore. we're going to continue to cover sandy throughout is the